34 When all the prisoners of the land
   are crushed under foot,
35 when human rights are perverted
   in the presence of the Most High,
36 when one’s case is subverted
   —does the Lord not see it?

37 Who can command and have it done,
   if the Lord has not ordained it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
   that good and bad come?
39 Why should any who draw breath complain
   about the punishment of their sins?

40 Let us test and examine our ways,
   and return to the Lord.
41 Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands
   to God in heaven.
42 We have transgressed and rebelled,
   and you have not forgiven.

43 You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
   killing without pity;
44 you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
   so that no prayer can pass through.
45 You have made us filth and rubbish
   among the peoples.

46 All our enemies
   have opened their mouths against us;
47 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
   devastation and destruction.
48 My eyes flow with rivers of tears
   because of the destruction of my people.